As we race toward the fall, severe weather will continue to be a threat for mid-Missouri. The National Weather Service has implemented a new service geared toward alerting citizens when particularly dangerous weather is approaching.
There are several ways to receive notifications when severe weather is coming: television, social media, apps, text messages, and outdoor warning sirens. New updates from the National Weather Service will send you a text message when a particularly dangerous storm is headed your way.
These text messages will be sent out to people within a certain area when a storm is given a “destructive tag” which does not happen very frequently. The destructive tag is given to storms that are capable of baseball-sized hail or storms that have winds 80mph or stronger.
Storms that have the destructive tag will also cause the outdoor sirens to sound in both Boone and Cole counties in an effort to give more warning to those in the paths of these dangerous storms. Remember, anytime you hear the outdoor warning sirens, the first thing you should do is take shelter and turn to your weather source to get updates.
Not every severe thunderstorm warning will be labeled destructive, but it’s important for you to know when they are.